Earlier this month, my family got together for a birthday celebration – one aunt turned 60 and one uncle turned 70. My cousin hosted the party at her family farm in Western Kentucky*. Her husband organized a hayride for all of us on the backroads of Marshall County at twilight.
We bundled up in hats and gloves and blankets. It was the first real cold snap of the season. Children and adults, alike, raced to the hay-laden trailer to claim their spot. We snuggled together for warmth and put the kids in the middle for safety.
Keith, our trusty hayride supervisor and driver, pulled out of the driveway and we were off! My family likes to sing, so we tried to think of hayride songs (we don’t know any) and then asked the kids what they wanted to sing (one request was “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”).
Mostly, we enjoyed each other, the crisp autumn air, and a rural Kentucky sunset.
Have I mentioned, lately, that I have one of the greatest families ever?
*both links are to songs. When I say those two particular phrases in my head “Western Kentucky” or “bow in her hair,” they are not so much said as sung exactly like these two songs.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’re thinking, “Please! Is she not done with that stupid certification yet?!” If you only read this blog, you might be wondering how that’s going.
Writing this post is a study procrastination.
As you may remember, I decided to study and sit for the CPA exam after a whirwind Twitter conversation one day. It makes sense. Since June, I’ve been studying.
I sat for the Business and Economic Concepts section in July and got my passing score in August.
I sat for the Auditing section in August and received a passing score for it in early September.
In October – after a week of hardcore relaxation and vacation in Mexico (which means No Studying) – I took the Regulation section of the exam. This is the one that deals with individual and corporate taxation and business law. Exciting things to study – let me tell you. I, honestly, did not expect to pass, but earlier this month I found out that I did!
Now, I’m sitting at 3 out of 4 sections passed. I have roughly two and a half weeks to finish my preparations for the final exam – Financial Accounting and Reporting. This study time includes the long Thanksgiving holiday – a time when most people enjoy fellowship with family and friends and holiday merriment. I will be locking myself in the basement with Diet Dr. Pepper, junk food and earplugs to crank out some hardcore studying. Hopefully, one of my Christmas presents this year will be a score notification with the word “PASS” on it.
That’s pretty much all that’s on my list for Santa. (Not really, potential gift givers. I still want some gifts!)
Hello. Remember me? I am, in fact, still alive and kicking!
I am ever so eagerly awaiting the end of the year. January 1 sits like a beacon on a hill in my mind. The first day of the rest of my life. I am being annoyingly dramatic about it. I hate to wish away the days, but I have so many plans for myself, for my business, for my life in 2014. The end of my traditional, full-time job is what I’ve been working toward for the past 18 months. It’s now so close that I can almost taste it.
The end has started beginning. This week, I participated in my last “Quarterly Town Hall” meeting at work. Today, I had what is probably the last potluck lunch at work. The “lasts” will start coming closer and closer together.
I am planning to redesign and rethink this space for 2014. I want to create more regular content, become a blog that you want to read, share my life in an authentic way. I want to structure my days in order to make it a priority. In October, I started up my old pen-and-paper journal. I love it, but it’s not the same when I can’t easily put in a picture, share a funny story and get reactions, etc.
Big things are happening, and I am so excited for them.